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The Fellowship Program - Houston, TX


In his ongoing commitment to the specialty and to improving quality patient care, Dr. Kridel is a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship Program.

The AAFPRS Fellowship Program is considered the best post-graduate program in the world for training facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons and is widely respected by the medical community at large. Through this program, surgeons refine their surgical techniques and develop new skills and specialized knowledge in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Kridel’s Fellowship Program is one of just 49 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. Based on his reputation for superior surgical skills and innovative techniques, a fellowship with Dr. Kridel is one of the most sought after by the best and the brightest physicians that have graduated at the top of their respective medical training programs. He receives over 25 applicants each year from around the country just for the one position.

Dr. Kridel’s Fellows include:

Fred Aguilar M.D., Kenneth Buchwach M.D., Ed Szachowicz , M.D., Kevin Shumrick M.D., Richard Price M.D., Larry Marcus M.D., J. Raymond Konoir M.D., J.D. Gonzales M.D., Fred Bressler M.D., Bernard Pacella M.D., Hossam Feda M.D., Bruce Scott M.D., Suzanne Yee M.D., Kevin Lunde M.D., Leonard Covello M.D., Paul Evangelisti M.D., Paul Kelly M.D., Ali Rezaee M.D., Kevin Cavanaugh M.D., Edward Liu M.D., Michel Siegel M.D., Lee Klausner M.D., Peyman Soliemanzadeh M.D., Robert Chiu M.D., Edward Kwak M.D., Dominic Castellano M.D., Matthew Bridges M.D., Anand Patel M.D., Samir Undavia M.D., Angela Sturm M.D., David Burstein M.D., Eric Yavrouian M.D. and Christian Conderman, M.D.

Dr. Kridel and the Fellows have performed a tremendous service to the specialty through the research, development and dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care and the refinement of surgical techniques in facial plastic surgery.

Current Fellow

2015-2016 FPSA Fellow
Dr. Jeff Watson

Our fellow for 2015-2016, Dr. Jeffrey Watson, completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in 2014 at University of California San Diego Medical School prior to joining Dr. Kridel for facial plastic surgery fellowship training. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 2009.

Dr. Watson has already co-authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters on surgical techniques including, Journal of American College of Surgeons medical journal article on the biochemical and biomechanical properties of rabbit nasal septum. Dr. Kridel has also invited Dr. Watson to co-author a scientific publication on a leading edge facial plastic surgery technique during his fellowship year.

Extremely dedicated to humanitarian efforts, over the past eight years Dr. Watson has been awarded numerous grants and scholarships to provide medical care to underserved communities across the globe, including; Uganda, New Guinea, Mexico and Dominican Republic. In September, 2013, Dr. Watson joined Dr. Kridel in the FACE TO FACE facial plastic and reconstructive surgery mission in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where they assisted primarily children who suffered from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. FACE TO FACE is a humanitarian program conducted under the auspices of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Educational and Research Foundation.

Dr. Russell Kridel's Commitment

Dr. Kridel discusses his commitment to teaching and the prestigious Fellowship Program